Packers fantasy focus

Posted Nov. 26, 2010 @ 12:06 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Even though it’s missing key weapons Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant because of season-ending injuries, Green Bay’s offense is all of the sudden hotter than an asphalt highway in the Deep South in the dead of summer. In its four-game win streak, the Packers have averaged 351.3 yards and 28.3 points. Heading into a challenging battle down in Dixie against the high-flying Falcons, we have chosen to focus on four Packers fantasy prospects in particular. 

We begin with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who made mincemeat out of the Minnesota secondary last week after a slow start. It probably has taken a little longer this season than his fantasy owners would have preferred, but Rodgers is starting to look like the fantasy signalcalling stud he was much of last season. He has thrown seven TD passes with zero interceptions in Green Bay’s past two games and also has eight carries for 62 yards in that span. This Sunday he could continue to flourish against Atlanta’s 24th-ranked pass defense.

There isn’t a hotter fantasy receiver at the moment than Packers wideout Greg Jennings, who has 32 catches for 520 yards and six TDs in his last five games. Jennings, who had three TDs last week and catches of 47 and 46 yards vs. Minnesota, will be facing Falcons cornerbacks that have gotten burned on occasion this season.

With that in mind, you probably also should consider Packers WR James Jones as a possible fantasy force this Sunday. Jones was a fantasy monster in Week Nine against Dallas (8-123-1) and made an impact with 3-51-1 vs. Minnesota last week.

An intriguing fantasy sleeper might have emerged in Packers rookie RB Dimitri Nance, who led the team in rushing with 37 yards on 12 carries last week against the Vikings. It’s not a given, but Nance might have replaced John Kuhn as Green Bay’s short-yardage specialist, which could put him in a better position to score some TDs near the goal line.